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Oldsmar woman stole nearly $25K from homeowners association, detectives say

Stephanie Lopez, 56, used the money to pay her bills, buy new windows and make Amazon purchases, detectives say.
 
Stephanie Lopez of Oldsmar is facing a charge of scheme to defraud and a charge of grand theft after detectives say she stole nearly $25,000 from the Mediterranean Manor homeowners association.
Stephanie Lopez of Oldsmar is facing a charge of scheme to defraud and a charge of grand theft after detectives say she stole nearly $25,000 from the Mediterranean Manor homeowners association. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Feb. 8|Updated Feb. 8

An Oldsmar woman was arrested Wednesday after detectives say she stole nearly $25,000 from her homeowners association.

According to a news release from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Stephanie Lopez, 56, was the manager of the Mediterranean Manors homeowners association in Dunedin. Detectives began their investigation in May after Lopez’s employer, Harbeck Hospitality, reported that she was embezzling money from the homeowners association, the news release states.

An arrest report from the sheriff’s office says that over the course of 3½ years, Lopez used the company’s credit card to pay for personal items without permission, including her mortgage, new windows and siding for her condominium, Spectrum internet bills and Amazon purchases.

Lopez spent a total of $24,664.88, according to the arrest report.

Lopez was booked at the Pinellas County Jail on Wednesday and remained there Thursday. Bail information was not yet available.

She faces a charge of scheme to defraud and a charge of grand theft. Court records show she has hired an attorney, who has entered a not guilty plea on her behalf.